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Red Wine of the Week: Hawks View Cellars 2010 Estate Pinot Noir

"Wine is a celebration beverage, it elevates exceptional food"

- A.J. Kemp, Co-Founder and General Manager, Hawks View Cellars


A warm thank you to my friends at Hawks View Cellars. They sent me this lovely bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir to review. This wine was shiny and merits a wine of the week selection.

A.J. Kemp in barrel room.

Last year I enjoyed visiting Hawks View Cellars in the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon. The visit was one of the 2012 Wine Bloggers pre-conference excursions. Hawks View Cellars is a private winery and only provides private wine tastings. You must contact the winery in advance to schedule your tasting visit. With a production of 2,500 cases a year, they have the capacity to expand to 5,000 cases. But there's no rush. They are focused on producing premium wines with fruit from Oregon, Washington and California.

Tasting Notes:
This Oregon Pinot Noir had a clear ruby color which sparkled in the light. A captivating, sexy nose seduced me with aromas of ripe strawberry, fresh earth, cherry flesh and cola. On the palate it was fluid, full across the palate, expressive in the back with a cresting wave of strawberry and cherry flavors breaking to the front. Wonderful mouth feel, it was pleasantly dry with black pepper at the finish. On day two it was as good as on day one. Truly a beautiful example of Oregon Pinot Noir. Strongly Recommended.

Hawks View Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir.

You could pair this wine with food. I did not, it was just too good to share with a meal. If I were to pair this wine with food I'd suggest: plank grilled wild salmon, roasted pork tenderloin, Oso Buco and smoky grilled skin-on chicken.

Pinot Noir also pairs with dessert.

AVA: Chehalem Mountains
Closure: Natural Cork
943 Cases produced
Ryan Harms Winemaker
SRP: $38
Sample provided by the Winery

Hawks View Cellars Sculpture.

Hawks View Cellars
20210 SW Conzelmann Rd.
Sherwood, OR 97304
Twitter: @HawksViewWine
Facebook: Hawks View Cellars
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Tasting room visits are by appointment only.

To schedule your private tasting and visit to Hawks View Cellars, contact them Monday – Friday between 9 am-5pm (503) 625-1591.

Hawks View Cellars Winery.

Hawks View Cellars is  a private winery located in the Chehalem Mountains, only thirty minutes from downtown Portland. They craft limited quantities of award-winning, estate-grown Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, as well as non-estate wines from top California and Washington vineyards. Treat yourself, contact Hawks View Cellars and schedule your own private tasting.

Related Post: Oregon Wine Discovery Tour


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